Since 2014, Drs. Tobias Walther and Robert Farese have run a joint research lab in the T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) and Harvard Medical School at Harvard University. Their lab studies the mechanisms and physiology of lipid synthesis and storage in lipid droplets; organelles that are vital for storing energy and membrane building materials for the cell.
Walther was a PhD student at the European Molecular Biology Lab (EMBL) where he studied the nuclear pore. He then moved to Peter Walter’s lab at the University of California, San Francisco for post-doctoral studies. It was during his stay at UCSF, that he began his long-time collaboration with Bob Farese to study lipid droplets. Following his post-doc, Walther led labs at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsreid and then at the Yale School of Medicine. In 2014, he and Farese set up their joint lab at HSPH.
Walther is currently a Professor of Molecular Metabolism at HSPH, Professor of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School, an Associate Member of the Broad Institute and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. For his contributions to research in lipid metabolism, Walther received the ASBMB Walter A. Shaw Young Investigator Award in Lipid Research in 2013.
Learn more about research in the Farese and Walther Lab here.